Birth Injury Leading to an Ectopic Pregnancy
An ectopic pregnancy is one that takes place outside the uterus. This is most times fatal for the baby, who is unable to develop. To learn if you have the right to pursue a claim against a physician or another medical professional for what you believe is medical negligence, contact a birth injury lawyer in Cuyahoga County.
Causes of an Ectopic Pregnancy
In rare circumstances the ectopic pregnancy will occur in the abdomen, cervix or ovary. But most of the time it happens in one of the tubes. The egg passes into the fallopian tube (uterus).
The movement of the fertilized egg is either slowed or blocked, preventing it from reaching the uterus. Scarring of the tube can be one cause. This can be the result of surgery on the fallopian tubes, a previous ectopic pregnancy or if there was an infection in the fallopian tubes.
An ectopic pregnancy can also be caused by medical conditions in the mother, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and endometriosis. Scarring in the pelvic area as a result of surgery could also lead to an ectopic pregnancy.
There are risk factors that may increase the chance of a woman having an ectopic pregnancy, such as in vitro fertilization, multiple sexual partners and those over the age of 35.
Women who have had their tubes tied, in order to avoid pregnancy, can also experience an ectopic pregnancy. Or if they decide to have this procedure reversed, in order to become pregnant, they could be at risk.
Symptoms of an Ectopic Pregnancy
Some of the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy may include:
- pain in pelvic area/lower abdomen;
- vaginal bleeding (other than menstrual cycle);
- amenorrhea (unexpected absence of menstrual cycle);
- lower back pain; and
- tenderness in the breasts.
If the pregnancy progresses without addressing initial symptoms, they can become worse. The woman may feel faint or end up fainting, experience severe pain in the lower abdomen, feel intense pressure in the rectum or have very low blood pressure.
Tests can be done to detect an ectopic pregnancy. It’s important to diagnose this condition so that treatment can begin immediately.
Initial treatment requires removing the cell in order to save the mother’s life. If the cell were to rupture, the patient may go into shock and require treatment including fluids through an IV, oxygen, elevating the patient’s legs and administering a blood transfusion. Surgery will be necessary to stop blood loss and repair any tissue that has been damaged.
If you have been the victim of medical negligence, you could be entitled to compensation that addresses your financial, physical and emotional losses. To better understand your rights and the options you may have available, contact a birth injury lawyer in Cuyahoga County as soon as possible.
You could recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and more. Discussing your case with a lawyer is the best way to fully understand what your next step should be.
Contacting a Cuyahoga County Birth Injury Lawyer
You place the health and safety of your new baby in the hands of your doctors believing you’ll have a healthy new addition to your family. When a medical professional’s negligence results in the serious injury, permanent disability or death of the infant or the birth mother, the impact on your family can be devastating.
The knowledgeable team of Cuyahoga County attorneys at The Becker Law Firm serves residents of the Cleveland and Elyria, Ohio, areas when they have been the victims of birth injury, catastrophic injury and wrongful death as the result of medical malpractice. To arrange for a no-cost consultation, home or hospital visit, contact us today – (440) 252-4399.